Written by Dave Clements
ImageThis past Saturday night one of Houston’s finest music venues, House Of Blues, hosted musical wonder woman, Beth Hart.  Heard of her?  My guess is that most of you will be answering no.

I know I would have been in the dark as well if not for Pandora Radio.  Somehow Beth started showing up on one of my personalized stations.  This caused me to get a serious case of the Beth Hart crazies.  This powerhouse voice started coming through my Bose speakers like a freight train roaring through a tunnel.  Never heard anything quite like her!

It got to the point where every time one of her songs came on, I’d stop what I was doing and crank it up.  You can ask my poor wife.  It wasn’t like I needed to turn up the volume because it was low.  It was a case of starting with somewhat louder than ‘normal’ volume and going to full blown because that’s just what it takes to capture the essence of this previously unknown (at least to me) dynamo!  Beth Hart’s voice was so powerful, so rich, so distinctive, it causes my head to spin.  Had me wondering once again what cave I’ve been living in for the past decade for her to have escaped my attention.  All I knew for sure was that I had to go see for myself if this was the work of great record producing and sound mixing…or if she would actually deliver this sound live.

When the stage lights came up I could not have counted to three before the answer came screaming into my brain and gut.  Oh yes, SHE’S THE REAL DEAL!

Maybe you think I am being a bit dramatic but let me assure you I am not.

This woman can sing the blues and she can rock & roll.  She can play the guitar and she can play the keys.  And did I mention this California lady can sing her butt off?  Beth belts out every note using every fiber of her being.  I’ve never seen anyone perform quite like her.

ImageIf you like music, power packed music, you must go see Beth Hart.  Don’t pass go, don’t collect $200, don’t worry about familiar songs or knowing the words, don’t fret, like I did, over whether or not she’ll sing your favorite Beth Hart song (mine?  Leaving LA).  Just go, listen, absorb, enjoy, and experience all that she is – hard to define but maybe a cross between Janis Joplin, Etta James, Pat Benatar, Lita Ford, with some Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt thrown in to boot.  Bottom line is you will not be disappointed.  Beth would sound great if she sang the warning label on the side of a pack of Marlboros.

Thrilled to discover that it wasn’t just my imagination and some quality Bose speakers.  Beth Hart, you were smokin’ every minute that you were on stage.  Thank you!

Until next time remember there is no time to kill.